Prep plant fire at Monongalia County coal operation

BLACKSVILLE , W.Va. — A fire Wednesday morning at a coal operation in Monongalia County is now under control.

The fire broke out  in the dryer and part of a belt line at the Blacksville #2 preparation plant. MetroNews has learned the blaze was quickly brought under control and nobody was injured.

State and federal mine safe investigators are at the scene to look into the cause of the blaze.

Earlier this month, American Consolidated Natural Resources which own the operation announced plans to close the operation permanently in September. The 120 employees received a WARN notice earlier this month. The company took over the operation after former owner Murray Energy went into bankruptcy.

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